Coun­cil’s cam­paign for tun­nels

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS -

COFFS Har­bour City Coun­cil has voted unan­i­mously to launch a cam­paign to de­mand tun­nels be re­in­stated to the city’s planned by­pass.

A mo­tion raised by Coun­cil­lor Keith Rhoades and car­ried unan­i­mously will see a Coffs Har­bour By­pass Im­pact Work­ing Group formed to progress the cam­paign as a mat­ter of ur­gency.

Nec­es­sary funds from the coun­cil’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions and ad­ver­tis­ing bud­gets will be used to run the cam­paign.

“I didn’t think we would have to re­visit this. We now have ma­jor open cut­tings. That’s a com­plete turn­around from when this com­mu­nity was ba­si­cally told they would get tun­nels,” Cr Rhoades said.

He high­lighted noise as one of the main prob­lems with cut­tings.

“The echo­ing ef­fect that is go­ing to come down into Coffs Har­bour... I just don’t want to think about it be­cause it is go­ing to be as­tro­nom­i­cal.”

Mayor Denise Knight also spoke pas­sion­ately about the need to fight to en­sure tun­nels were re­in­stated.

“The gov­ern­ment are be­ing cheap skates as usual and we are pay­ing the price,” Cr Knight said. “To think that they can just swan in and treat us like sec­ond-rate cit­i­zens like this – I am tired of be­ing kicked around.”

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